Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO
Group Head of Public Affairs
HSBC Holdings plc
Sherard has been at HSBC since 2013, working as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, and more recently heading the Group’s global government and public affairs functions. He also chairs HSBC Bank Oman. Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, including working on Hong Kong in the three and a half years up to the handover to China in 1997, and finishing his career as Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and then Afghanistan.
Sherard is Chair of the China-Britain Business Council, and Chair of the Saudi British Joint Business Council. He is Chairman of the Omani British Business Council; honorary Vice President of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission; an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust, and for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Association; and a Board Member of Asia House. He is the author of two books: 'Cables from Kabul' and 'Ever the Diplomat'.
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